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T.J. Warren shines as Indiana bounces back with OT win vs. Kings

T.J. Warren, Pacers, Kings

The Indiana Pacers battled back from a 13-point halftime deficit to survive in a 132-131 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday as part of the NBA India Games 2019. T.J. Warren, who was traded to the Pacers over the summer, scored a game-leading 30 points to pace Indiana, making 11-of-18 from the floor and 5-of-6 from deep.

The Pacers didn’t get a lead until the opening moments of overtime after Warren knocked down a corner 3-pointer to tie affairs at 118, and big man Myles Turner swatted a De’Aaron Fox layup attempt to send the game to extras.

Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield missed a game-tying turnaround 3-point attempt in overtime, one which was tipped by Marvin Bagley III, but to no avail, as it only reduced the deficit.

Malcolm Brogdon, who was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks and consequently traded to the Pacers in the offseason, posted a masterful debut performance with 15 points and 14 assists, showing his potential as the next floor general of the team at the wake of Darren Collison’s surprising retirement.

The frontcourt tandem of Turner (11 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, two blocks) and Domantas Sabonis (21 points, 12 rebounds) gave the Kings constant nightmares on the glass, as they combined for 12 of Indiana’s 14 offensive rebounds on the night. Offseason acquisition Jeremy Lamb posted a 20-point effort in his debut on Pacers’ navy blue.

It was a regular season type of atmosphere in India, as both of these teams battled arduously for every possession, trading big shot after big shot in an overtime duel. Hield (28 points) and Harrison Barnes (21 points) led the way for the Kings, who are expected to make waves in the West after falling shy of a postseason spot last season.